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Intern, Community-Based Food Systems [AR]

  • Little Rock, Arkansas (map)

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. This full-time, 6-month internship opportunity will begin Monday June 5, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Salary will be commensurate with experience and level of education. Excellent benefits offered.


Interested applicants should go to the careers page at to submit their applications, cover letter and current resume. This position will remain open until filled.


The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of organizations, businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food- healthy, green, fair, and affordable food-an everyday reality in every community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations.

Through its Community-Based Food Systems initiative area, the Wallace Center supports and builds the capacity of community-based organizations who are working to increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable, and fair food in vulnerable communities. To achieve this, the team designs targeted training and technical assistance to partner organizations delivered through a number of modalities, including webinars, conference calls, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, peer and expert site visits, group trainings, web resources, workshops, and one-on-one support. In 2017, the team will launch a new national Community of Practice (CoP) for food systems organizations to build capacity, foster linkages and relationships, share best practices and lessons learned, and solve challenges resulting in more viable local food systems and healthier communities. The Community-Based Food Systems team is also developing new projects in Arkansas, an area of work that is expected to grow in the coming years.


As part of the Community-Based Food Systems team, the Intern will play a key role in planning for and launching the new national Community of Practice

(CoP) while providing day-to-day administrative support for existing programs.

She/he will help design and implement an outreach and marketing campaign to recruit CoP participants, support the development of an interactive online learning platform and resource portal, and research and generate content for the Center's trainings and technical assistance programs. The Intern will work with other members of the Wallace Center team in support of these projects as well as independently to achieve project and initiative goals.

This position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience with a dynamic and leading organization in the field. While primarily office based, this position will offer the successful candidate a high level of engagement with critical issues and strategies in the expansion of sustainable and equitable food systems and with those leading this work across the US.

Essential responsibilities will include:

  • Assist with the design and implementation of a targeted marketing and outreach campaign to recruit and engage community-based organizations in the new CoP
  • Support the development of an interactive online learning platform and resource library
  • Research and collect relevant materials, resources, publications and tools/toolkits
  • Draft content for press releases, social media posts, blogs, and websites
  • Provide administrative and logistical support for technical assistance and training provision
  • Provide support at meetings, including coordinating schedules and taking notes
  • Other duties as assigned


Interested applicants may contact Susan Schempf, Program Officer, with questions about this opportunity at

Please put “CBFS Intern” in the subject line.